Friday, June 14, 2019

Friday Night Frights - Teeth in the Mist Spotlight and Movie Rec

Hey Bookdragons! Since this meme went over really well last week I'm making it a weekly thing and you're all free to join in! Just tell me a horror novel you loved (it doesn't have to be a new release) and recommend a horror movie you love! That's it, as simple as that! 

Teeth In The Mist by Dawn Kurtagich
Before the birth of time, a monk uncovers the Devil's Tongue and dares to speak it. The repercussions will be felt for generations...

Sixteen-year-old photography enthusiast Zoey has been fascinated by the haunted, burnt-out ruins of Medwyn Mill House for as long as she can remember--so she and her best friend, Poulton, run away from home to explore them. But are they really alone in the house? And who will know if something goes wrong?

In 1851, seventeen-year-old Roan arrives at the Mill House as a ward--one of three, all with something to hide from their new guardian. When Roan learns that she is connected to an ancient secret, she must escape the house before she is trapped forever.

1583. Hermione, a new young bride, accompanies her husband to the wilds of North Wales where he plans to build the largest water mill and mansion in the area. But rumors of unholy rituals lead to a tragic occurrence and she will need all her strength to defeat it.

Three women, centuries apart, drawn together by one Unholy Pact. A pact made by a man who, more than a thousand years later, may still be watching...

What I loved about Teeth in the Mist:
Dawn Kurtagich's books are all fantastic in their own way, but this one might be my favorite. Set in three times, we have Hermione, a newlywed bride in the 1580s who everyone begins to think is a witch or a demon and she's the reason her husband's workers, then her children, and her husband begin to disappear mysteriously.

Then in the 1850s we have Roan who is sent to live with a stranger at Mill House (the same house Hermione's husband was building in the 1500s) after the death of her oft-times cruel father. She's got a dark side to her that her father both nurtured and feared. But is she the daughter of the devil? 

Finally, we have Zoey in the present time who goes to Mill House looking for answers years after her father went there (being obsessed with the place and looking for answers of his own about his origins) and lost his mind. 

Mill House is the stuff of nightmares. Hard to get to, dilapidated and humored haunted, the sight of unexplained disappearances, and perhaps home to the devil himself. I love haunted house books but this creepy tale takes things to a whole new level. 

Did I mention this is a retelling of Faustus? It's an awesome horror-fantasy mash-up and I loved every minute of it! 

Movie Rec: Jennifer's Body
Okay, let me be frank: this movie isn't all that great but it kind of sticks with you after you're done watching it. And for some reason it reminds me of the book Last Things by Jaqueline West... I get those same kind of vibes.

"After a supernatural romp with a satanic emo band, hot cheerleader Jennifer (Megan Fox) is transformed into a demon with an insatiable appetite for high school boys."

We have Megan Fox, who I always tend to think of as the mean girl character, Amanda Seyfried who plays the annoying best friend (such a weird pairing you wonder how that happened), and Adam Brody as the lead singer of the satanic emo band. Adam Brody looks like someone who would play in an emo band. 

We start out seeing Amanda Seyfried's "Needy" in jail but instead of the innocent mouselike character she is for the rest of the movie she's a bit of a badass. 

The movie backpedals to before and we see Jennifer and Needy together as Jennifer convinces Needy to go to a bar to see an emo band nobody has ever heard of. It's clearly a local dive bar with small town people in it and the band is so clearly a fish out of water it's nearly comical. But Jennifer's into it despite Needy's concerns. 

A fire breaks out, Jennifer leaves with the band, and hours later shows up at Needy's covered in blood which she then vomits all over the kitchen floor. Gross right? Well apparently the band thought she was a virgin and tried to sacrifice her for ultimate fame and fortune but it backfires and Jennifer becomes a monster.

The rest of the move basically dissolves into Needy trying to stop Jennifer from eating all the teenage boys in town, including Needy's loser boyfriend.

I've heard this movie called a "cult classic" and it's not really scary, just sort of stupid, so if you're looking for a low-budget-no-talent-spoof-of-a-horror-movie to watch with a bunch of friends on a boring Friday night then I definitely recommend this one. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Bookish and Not So Bookish Thoughts - 13 June 2019

Bookish (And Not So Bookish) Thoughts is a Weekly Meme hosted by Christine @ Bookishly  Boisterous.

Happy Thursday Bookdragons! I hope you're having a good week.

1. I'm having another not-so-great week. I don't know what's wrong with me. I'm starting to think I've been misdiagnosed and the depression is just a small part of a bigger problem. I'm so angry all the time lately, just furious over small stupid stuff. Doing a little digging it looks like bipolar but I'm scared to go to the doctor because the last time I went my PA treated me like I was making things up for attention. I just wish I had some answers.

2. Have you ever read a book by an author you've read before and found that the book is essentially the same as another one of their books except with a different title and just a few different details? I read Escape from Asylum by Madeleine Roux earlier this week, which is a prequel to her Asylum trilogy but this one is set in the late 60s. Other than Brookline being in this book a working Asylum instead of converted into a college dorm I feel like this book and Asylum are basically the same plot. I ended up DNF'ing it which is disappointing because I love horror novels and movies set in asylums. 

3. I'm finding lately that I have more time to listen to audiobooks than reading actual books the normal way so I've been listening every night before bed. I tried while I was working out but I couldn't heard it so well over the exercise bike, my iPhone doesn't have a headphone jack anymore, and I'm not buying an adaptor. 

4. I finally tracked down a copy of the Dutch edition of Heartless by Marissa Meyer! I've been looking for this one since I first saw the cover and I finally found a copy on Amazon. It's even more gorgeous in person!

5. I got a new bookcase today! Right now it's still in the box but I'm planning to assemble it either tomorrow or this weekend and get my books transferred in! My cat won't be to wipe his damn butt on top of my books anymore! 

I Can't Wait for... RULES FOR VANISHING!

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released.

I've been really into horror and thriller novels lately and this is near the top of my fall TBR list...

Rules for Vanishing 
By Kate Alice Marshall
YA Horror, Mystery
eBook, Hardcover, 416 Pages
September 24, 2019 by Viking Books for Young Readers

In the faux-documentary style of The Blair Witch Project comes the campfire story of a missing girl, a vengeful ghost, and the girl who is determined to find her sister--at all costs.

Once a year, the path appears in the forest and Lucy Gallows beckons. Who is brave enough to find her--and who won't make it out of the woods?

It's been exactly one year since Sara's sister, Becca, disappeared, and high school life has far from settled back to normal. With her sister gone, Sara doesn't know whether her former friends no longer like her...or are scared of her, and the days of eating alone at lunch have started to blend together. When a mysterious text message invites Sara and her estranged friends to "play the game" and find local ghost legend Lucy Gallows, Sara is sure this is the only way to find Becca--before she's lost forever. And even though she's hardly spoken with them for a year, Sara finds herself deep in the darkness of the forest, her friends--and their cameras--following her down the path. Together, they will have to draw on all of their strengths to survive. The road is rarely forgiving, and no one will be the same on the other side.

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What do you think? Will you be checking this one out?

Monday, June 10, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Unpopular Bookish Opinions

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish and currently hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl.

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Unpopular Bookish Opinions

This week's TTT I'm letting you in on a few secrets. Unpopular bookish opinions to be exact. But shhhhh you can't tell anyone what I really think on a few of these books... it will be our little secret. You, me, and the entire interwebs...

1. I thought The Cruel Prince was overrated and I only bought The Wicked King because I heard it was better than TCP.

2. I love Sarah J. Maas's books, but I DNF'd A Court of Wings and Ruin. I thought it was boring compared to ACOMAF and could have been wayyyyy shorter.

3. I actually really love "love triangles" in books

4. The Keira Knightley adaptation of Pride and Prejudice is my favorite. While I think Colin Firth is lacking just enough in personality to play Mr. Darcy, I just can't get behind him as a love interest. *gags*

5.I thought the adaptation of To All the Boys I Loved Before was really cheesy and I don't understand the hype over the movie/books. 

6. I love Erin Watt's Royals Series and I disagree that it promotes toxic teen relationships.

7. I liked Twilight as a teenager. And yes, I was team Edward. *shrugs* There. I said it.

8. I read all the Harry Potter books but they'll never be my favorite books/series. 

9. I find people who think certain fantasy books are insensitive are idiots. They're fantasy... they're not meant to represent any true culture even if they take basic influences from them. Furthermore, books should never be burned just because you don't like them.

10. Escaping from Houdini is my least favorite book in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series so far.

 What are some of your unpopular bookish opinions? Are any as big of doozies as mine?
Let me know in the comments or drop me a link to your TTT!
Happy Reading Bookdragons!

Sunday, June 9, 2019

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? - 10 June 2019

#IMWAYR is a weekly meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at The Book Date.

Hey Bookdragons! I'm plowing through my June TBR so far. Let me get you caught up...

What I Read Last Week:
I finished reading this one on Friday and I enjoyed it a lot. Funnily enough the characters I liked the most were Selah's suitors and the secondary characters. 
The Haunted is such an awesome read! I read it in a single sitting.
Hello Bookish Obsession! I loved this book from start to finish. If you like thrillers/suspense/murder mysteries, feuding siblings, and prestigious boarding schools you're going to love this one!

What I Am Reading Now:
Following my plan of reading a physical book by day and listening to an audiobook at night before bed I started listening to Aurora Rising over the weekend. I'm not far in yet but I'm intrigued. 
As for my physical read I'm continuing my horror trend with Escape from Asylum. I've read the Asylum trilogy but hadn't had a chance to read this one yet and I'm interested get into this prequel. 

Up Next:
Next up for me is...
It's time to wrap up my time in the world of Caraval. I've loved listening to these books in audiobook so I had to have it in both HC and audio formats like the previous two.

The next (and last) physical book on my June TBR is Warcross, a book I have been meaning to read since it first released. 
What are you reading this week?

The Sunday Post - 9 June 2019

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme

🍀 The usual Monday-Saturday Weekly Memes
🍀 Ten Unpopular Bookish Opinions

This week I got:
All Eyes On Us by Kit Frick (Preorder)
The Beholder by Anna Bright (audiobook)
Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Audiobook)
Finale by Stephanie Garber (audiobook)
She Was the Quiet One (Used Book)
Chicagoland Vampires Books 1-9 (Used Books)

I rearranged my room at my grandmother's again yesterday! I swear I do this monthly, it's like an OCD thing for me!

Saturday, June 8, 2019

The Saturday Review - 8 June 2019

The Saturday Review is back! I got so backlogged on ARCs the past month I didn't have time to do a full Saturday review, but I'm back with less than 20 minutes to spare. Oh well, it's still Saturday somewhere! What have you been reading lately bookdragons?

The Haunted
by Danielle Vega
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: June 4, 2019
Genre: Young adult, Horror

From Danielle Vega, YA’s answer to Stephen King, comes a new paranormal novel about dark family secrets, deep-seated vengeance, and the horrifying truth that evil often lurks in the unlikeliest of places.

Hendricks Becker-O’Malley is new in town, and she’s bringing baggage with her. With a dark and wild past, Hendricks doesn’t think the small town her parents moved her to has much to offer her in terms of excitement. She plans on laying low, but when she’s suddenly welcomed into the popular crowd at school, things don’t go as expected.

Hendricks learns from her new friends that the fixer-upper her parents are so excited about is notorious in town. Local legend says it’s haunted. Hendricks doesn’t believe it. Until she’s forced to. Blood-curdling screams erupt from the basement, her little brother wakes up covered in scratches, and something, or someone pushes her dad down the stairs. With help from the mysterious boy next door, Hendricks makes it her mission to take down the ghosts . . . if they don’t take her first.

Cover: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Confession: I like this cover so much more than Vega's Merciless series. It gives you that awesome optical illusion cover, like the girl is in motion and the font is nice bold block letters. 

Summary/Tagline: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 “You will pay for what she did." - This quote appeared on the back of the wrapper of the ARC I got for this book and it definitely drew me in. I mean immediately the reader would wonder who is "she" and what did she do?

Characters: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Hendricks, despite the strange unusual name, is a character I found myself liking straight off. A bad experience with an ex-boyfriend led her to where she is at the beginning of the story and we can see that she's still pretty shaken by those events while at the same time missing and reminiscing about the one person whose existence she should forget all about. In her new town she meets Portia who folds her into her group of friends, the "in-crowd" of today. The queen bee / mean-is girl who is an LGBTQ+ character, the artsy Asian girl, and the "aw-shucks" it boy that immediately takes a liking to her. But there's also the moody, brooding, outcast boy-next-door with the tragic past, Eddie who I liked immediately.
Worldbuilding: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Based entirely on the author's set up of the scare factor in this book I give it a strong 5 stars. This was my first book by Danielle Vega but I can definitely see what the hype is all about, the lady can definitely weave an eerie tale! Read this book in a well lit room and maybe check behind the shower curtain and under the bed for ghosts. ;)
Story: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 This book was such an easy read and I was hooked on this story from start to finish. It's been a while since I read a book in one sitting but this book was made to keep you up late reading, hair sticking up in odd angles, fingernails bitten down to the nubs, and bags under your eyes from needing to stay up to get to the very last page. This book takes a spin on the saying "the sins of the father shall be rested on the heads of the children" with a heartbreaking revelation toward the end that is so worth it. 
Overall: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 4.8 of 5 Stars!

My Rating:
4.8 of 5 Stars!

She Was the Quiet One
by Michele Campbell
Published by: St. Martin's Press
On: July 31, 2018
Genre: Thriller

From the author of Its Always the Husband comes a riveting new suspense audiobook about privilege, power, and what happens when we let ambition take control.

 When twin sisters Rose and Bel Enright enroll in The Odell School, a prestigious New Hampshire boarding school, it seems like the opportunity of a lifetime. But the sisters could not be more different. The school brings out a rivalry between them that few ever knew existed. 

And the school itself has a dark underbelly: of privileged kids running unchecked and uninhibited; of rituals and traditions that are more sinister than they seem; of wealth and entitlement that can only lead to disaster. 

For Sarah Donovan, wife of an ambitious teacher who is determined to rise through the ranks, Odell also seems like the best thing that could happen to their small family. But how well does she really know her husband? What lengths will he go to to achieve his goals?

 And when one dark night ends in murder, who is guilty, who knows the truth, and who has been in on it all along? 

SHE WAS THE QUIET ONE. Because murderers are almost never who you expect.In an audiobook full of twists, turns, and dark secrets, Michele Campbell once again proves her skill at crafting intricately spun and completely compelling plots.
Cover: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 The cover is perfect for a Thriller/Suspense novel, giving me Lisa Jackson or Sandra Brown vibes. I believe that is what drew my attention to this book in the first place.
Summary/Tagline: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 “The guilty one is never who you think." - For 75% of this book I kept guessing which Enright sister would end up dead, because you know it has to be one of them. This led me to believe that *spoiler alert* was the killer.. but you'll have to keep reading to see if your assumption and mine is correct.
Characters: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Each character is wonderfully well rounded. You switch between the perspectives of Rose, Bel, and Sarah Donovan with interspersed interviews between the detective and state police lieutenant and various minor characters. You feel each character's insecurities, understand their rage and pain and hopes and desires. I admit the character I connected with the most was Bel, but I seem to be drawn toward the rebellious characters and turn up my nose at the "goody-two-shoes" characters but by the end I even liked Rose and Sarah. 
Worldbuilding: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 I could picture the Odell campus so well, it reminded me of the setting for Kate Brian's Private series and I could picture old brick buildings and the rich, privileged kids walking the campus grounds so clearly it was as if I stepped into the book and walked among them.
Story: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 I loved this book, it's basically my newest bookish obsession and I didn't want it to end! I haven't read anything by this author previously but I really like the way she plotted this one. 
Overall: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 6 of 5 Stars!
My Rating:

6 of 5 Stars!

The Beholder 
by Anna Bright
Published by: Harper Teen
On: June 4, 2019
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Retelling

Selah has waited her whole life for a happily ever after. As the only daughter of the leader of Potomac, she knows her duty is to find the perfect match, a partner who will help secure the future of her people. Now that day has finally come.

But after an excruciatingly public rejection from her closest childhood friend, Selah’s stepmother suggests an unthinkable solution: Selah must set sail across the Atlantic, where a series of potential suitors awaits—and if she doesn’t come home engaged, she shouldn’t come home at all.

From English castle gardens to the fjords of Norge, and under the eye of the dreaded Imperiya Yotne, Selah’s quest will be the journey of a lifetime. But her stepmother’s schemes aren’t the only secrets hiding belowdecks…and the stakes of her voyage may be higher than any happy ending.
Cover: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 I'll confess, the cover is what first drew my attention to this book. I think I saw it for the first time on Twitter when the author revealed the cover and had to find out more!

Summary/Tagline: 🌟 “Sparkles with beauty, intrigue, and romance. " - Author blurb from Keira Cass, author of The Selection. As far as taglines/blurbs go, this tells me nothing about the book itself and if I hadn't have liked the cover and looked at the plot summary itself I probably would not have picked it up on just Ms. Cass's words (especially since I am personally not fond of The Selection series and if it were being compared to that I might have had second thoughts)

Characters: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Honestly, Selah was not the shining star for me in this book. I liked her okay, found her a bit naive and childish at other times. The real shining stars for me were the rest of the cast of character; Bear, Torden, Lang, Skop, Homer, Althea, Anya, Alexei and Cobie were all such different yet enjoyable characters. I enjoyed reading about them more than our MC.
Worldbuilding: 🌟🌟🌟 I'm slightly confused by the worldbuilding in this book. Back in Potomac Selah talks about Algebra and school and such yet when she gets to England they're riding around in carriages like its 1700 and Norge is a blend of the old Viking world of Scandinavia and more modern Norway and obviously Imperyia is based on Russia from the author's talk of the Baba Yaga legends. I know this is fantasy and not meant to be based on our world but I'm trying to figure out an adequate timeline to compare it to. I'd rather the story be set in a completely fantastical world instead of a hodge podge of our modern world, imaginary kingdoms, and old and new standards of living.
Story: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 I enjoyed this book. There were times where I could breeze through 100 pages in nothing flat while other times I'd put the book down for a day and not pick it back up for a week not knowing if I really wanted to pick it back up. I liked aspects of the book, there were other parts I would have wanted more of, and I definitely do want to read the conclusion to the duopoly to see how it ends. But this book reminded me of a story about stories, like the author was exploring what elements of a fantasy novel to incorporate. 
Overall: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 3.4 of 5 Stars!

My Rating:

3.4 of 5 Stars!